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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffJonathan Aizen Date: Jul 2, 2003 5:01am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: can I post .ape files?

Thanks a lot! Yes, I've got it. The only question remains: which MP3 encoder should I use and where should I get it? Is LAME agreed to be the best? Is it free/open source?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffTyler Date: Jul 2, 2003 10:27am
Forum: etree Subject: LAME

to my knowledge, yes, LAME is the best one to use. As nick said, it is the best quality with the lowest file size. and yes, i believe it is open source. i have the program, but i'm unsure where i downloaded it from. i'll bet www.download.com but i vote for LAME.

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Poster: Chipaca Date: Jul 2, 2003 10:37am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: can I post .ape files?

I attach /usr/share/doc/lame/copyright.
lame is at http://lame.sf.net

lame is the best at high bitrates, which is what you want (AFAIK).

As for the options... dunno, it depends on what you're encoding. You probably want something like -V0 or maybe -V1.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffJonathan Aizen Date: Jul 2, 2003 3:22pm
Forum: etree Subject: mp3 conversions

great, i've gotten everything to work :)

i'll post some links to files at some point soon so that people can test them out and see if they're up to snuff.

then i'll try to figure out how to do the conversions with minimal down-time.

jon

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffJonathan Aizen Date: Jul 2, 2003 1:09pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: can I post .ape files?

You've been extremely helpful - thanks so much!

Jon

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Poster: Chipaca Date: Jul 2, 2003 9:38pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: can I post .ape files?

re-reading my post, I notice I didn't mention this: I'm not an audiophile, which means that I am probably not the best judge of what "works best". Other people in this forum know better.

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Poster: NickSD Date: Jul 6, 2003 10:48am
Forum: etree Subject: Proper MP3 encoding

Jon,

I would recommend using LAME 3.90.3. You can download/read about it at http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?showtopic=203 and the linux compile can be found at http://rarewares.hydrogenaudio.org/mp3.html

As far as what switches to use, I would suggest the following:

lame.exe --alt-preset standard infile.wav outfile.mp3

That will give you excellent quality for the bitrate (approx 192k average, but it is VBR so it will fluctuate).

Many listening tests have been performed and have shown that this switch (alt-preset standard) will pretty much always give you better quality than coming up with your own commandlines. A lot of time and effort was spent creating this preset. You shouldn't need to add any other switches (such as -V0, -V1, etc) to the commandline.

Nick

This post was modified by CousinCrispy on 2003-07-06 17:46:26

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffJonathan Aizen Date: Jul 6, 2003 11:15am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Proper MP3 encoding

Thanks for the tip Nick - in my test script I was using -h but I will switch, as per your recommendation.

BTW: I see you reference lame.exe - meaning the Windows executable - does the --alt-present standard option exist for the Linux distribution?

Jon

This post was modified by Jonathan Aizen on 2003-07-06 18:15:14

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Poster: NickSD Date: Jul 12, 2003 4:44am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Proper MP3 encoding

Yes, the Linux binary I linked to does contain support for the "--alt-preset standard" switch. Thanks for being open to this suggestion!